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Tampa and West Palm Beach AC Associations Install Officers and Boards of Directors

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (RACCA) – Tampa Bay installed their 2018 Officers and Board at an awards banquet on January 10, 2019. The event, held at Maggiano’s Restaurant in Tampa, FL, featured a cloak and dagger theme hosted by the Mystery and Intrigue Players.

PBACCA 2018 SEER Member of the Year Award recipient Royal Palm Beach High School HVAC Instructor Patrick Raney.
PBACCA 2018 SEER Member of the Year Award recipient Royal Palm Beach High School HVAC Instructor Patrick Raney.

The 2019 Officers and Board of Directors were sworn in after dinner: President Bryan Wade, President-elect Paul Keller, Vice President Brendan Fuller, Secretary/Treasurer Ken Dilallo, Ex-Officio Renee Pagan and Directors, James Heinz, Richard Houghton, Garrett Lingerfelt, David Riedinger, Jr. and Associate Director Paula Desantis-Tarris.

The annual awards presentation concluded the formal events of the evening. The prestigious 2018 CJ Dillard Award for outstanding individual contributions to the HVAC industry was presented to Bryan “BJ” Lingerfelt of J.P. Griffin. Bryan Wade of Griffin Service Corporation and Rick Houghton of Pelican Aire Commercial Services received 2018 President’s Awards of Excellence in recognition of an individual for outstanding participation as a member in the Tampa Bay Area. Johnstone Supply The Ware Group and Trane Supply were recipients of the 2018 President’s Award of Excellence for an Associate Member. Shiver Air of Brandon was recognized with the 2018 Contractor Award of Excellence.

The Palm Beach Air Conditioning Contractors Association (PBACCA) celebrated the installation of the 2018 Officers and Directors on January 12, 2019 with a wonderful cocktail hour and dinner at Benvenuto’s in Boynton Beach. More than 60 members of PBACCA enjoyed fabulous food, great company, and entertainment by Across the Universe, sponsored by Federated Insurance. Steve Rimel, PBACCA 2018 President, gave his departing speech, accepted the oath of the 2019 Officers and Directors, and presented the “gavel” to incoming President David Hutchison.

The highlight of the evening was presentation of the 2018 SEER (Service, Enthusiasm, Effort & Reliability) Member of the Year Award to Royal Palm Beach High School HVAC Instructor Patrick Raney. “It is an honor to announce Patrick Raney as the SEER Award winner this year, incoming President Hutchison stated. He participates at all our events throughout the year and he always asks his students if they’d like to volunteer their time to help out. Plenty of students participate, a great indication that he is having a positive impact on them. Congratulations on this Award, Patrick. You are well deserving of it!”

The 2019 PBACCA Officers and Board of Directors are President Dave Hutchison, President Elect Christopher Payne, Vice President Steve Sanders, Secretary / Treasurer James Carr, Director of Education, Steve Sparks and Directors Arturo A. Alba, Jr., Carissa Duemig, Jim Holman, Rob Mayhew, James Packard, John Riley and Daryl Sholar.

Additional photos are available here.